Our Story

Every story has a beginning…

 
 

How it all started

Ion Graphics started with Matt Beckner’s creative itch in 1998 doing small graphic design jobs, wedding photography/videography, and illustration. Matt & Brandi Beckner took it to the next level purchasing a local sign business and adding sign production and vehicle graphics.

Matt grew up in the land of "Built, Not Bought", a high mountain valley in Colorado filled with some of the most creative people in the world. Here, if you want anything cool, you have to craft it yourself. The San Luis Valley is home to Matt & Brandi’s sign and graphics shop, Ion Graphics Inc, located in the town of Alamosa, Colorado. Matt had always been attracted to lowbrow, kustom kulture, and car art from flipping through the pages of his CarToons magazines and through attending the local car show, Early Iron Festival. Years later, Matt was fortunate enough to become a member (and is now the President) of the Early Iron Car Club, the ones who have been responsible for putting on this now 600+ car show since 1980. While attending the car club meetings the need for a local pinstriper became evident. Matt had always been fascinated by pinstriping and wanted to learn. The closest pinstripers were hundreds of miles away. A void needed filled, and He wanted to fill it!

In 2010, his wife Brandi picked up his first set of brushes and a couple cans of 1 shot paint for his birthday to give this "Pinstriping" thing a try. This is where YEARS of hard work came into play.

 

As of Now

As of now, Ion Graphics Inc is located on Main Street in Alamosa, Colorado in a 7,500 sq. ft. shop. A place Matt & Brandi have worked over 15 years to get. A truly "dream come true"!

The best thing that ever happened to Matt’s pinstriping & sign making ventures was meeting his mentors/legends; Jack Giachino, Rody Kuschnereit, and Todd Hanson. Not only have they guided his direction in design execution and color selection, but they have become a part of Matt & Brandi’s family. They met Jack, Rody And Todd through a panel jam Matt & Brandi put on through the Early Iron Festival. They took Matt aside and critiqued what he was doing. They taught him that lines can go anywhere, it takes the skilled hands of a designer to put them in the right place. Colors can go anywhere, it is the craft of a designer to place the right colors in the right order. Matt is eternally grateful for their teaching and friendship.


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